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1 African spur thigh tortoise
2 Red foot tortoises
2 Yellow foot tortoises
6 Russian tortoises

  There are four species of tortoises - 11 total - that live here at Dianes Zoo. There is one African spur thigh tortoise, two red foot tortoises, eight Russian tortoises and two yellow foot tortoises. Each species has their own page which can be accessed at the links to the left. I started out with Russian tortoises and then added the red foots, the spur thigh and finally the yellow foots. Some were bought at a reptile shop but most were either given to me or were adopted at the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale. I have come to realize that rescuing tortoises is the better way to go, rather than buying from a reptile shop. There are many tortoises that are living in shelters or rescue groups that need good homes.  What I share with you doesn't mean it is right or that there are not other ways of doing things. I am still learning and have made mistakes. Please keep this in mind as you read and view pictures and video on this website. I am always open to comments and suggestions. The information contained on this page covers all the tortoises that I have listed that live here at Dianes Zoo:  African spur thigh tortoise, red and yellow foot tortoises, and Russian tortoises.   

   IMPORTANT:  It is very important before getting any tortoises to make sure that you have a local veterinarian who will care for it. Most vets do not see reptiles of any sort, let alone tortoises. Tortoises do require care when sick so please keep that in mind. Tortoises can also be hard to treat, in my experience. If a tortoise gets chewed on by an animal it is going to take a lot of work, time and expense on your part to treat it.  Tortoises also get shell rot, among other infections, that must be treated by an experienced vet who specializes in their care.  Please do research on local vets before you obtain tortoises, or any exotic animal.  I am lucky that I have an experienced vet near me and I have my friend Erich who is as knowledgeable as the vet on reptile care.

  IMPORTANT:  If you are interested in acquiring any type of tortoise PLEASE rescue some from a local reptile rescue group rather than buy them from a swap shop, pet store or  reptile shop. Local reptile rescue groups place turtles and tortoises in good homes. Many times they are fostered until homes can be found, causing a lot of work for the small amount of dedicated people who care for them. Alleviate their burden and help the animals out by adopting them instead of buying them from another source. Local reptile groups can be found easily on the internet by doing a search.  Also, do research on the type of tortoise you want to get BEFORE YOU GET IT! The main reasons why tortoises end up being dumped are because people grow tired of taking care of them and the animals have grown too large for the owner to properly take care of them. It is always better for the tortoise to live outside if you live in a warm climate. Even if you have cold winters, the animals can live outside in the warmer months. If you house a tortoise indoors you MUST have a large enough enclosure for it and be prepared to spend the money on a PROPER set up!!!!!!!!!!!! TORTOISES CAN LIVE LONGER THAN PEOPLE SO BE PREPARED FOR A LIFETIME COMMITMENT FOR SOME SPECIES!!!!!!!!!!! If you are NOT prepared to do all of this than DO NOT GET A TORTOISE!!!!!!!  ALMOST ALL of the tortoises and turtles that I adopted had BAD SHELLS because their previous owners did NOT know how to properly feed them. They also did not know how to properly house them and their requirement for UV ray lights!!!!!!!!!! The animal is the one that suffered and it showed by the shape of their shell!!! It is virtually impossible to reverse the damage done to the shell once you begin to properly take care of it.

  In February 2007 I had to bring the yellow and red foot tortoises in the house due to cold weather. It was down into the low 40's at night which is too cold for these tropical tortoises. I also took in the Malayan box turtle, the wood turtles and the African spur thigh tortoise. They were housed in the large cage seen to the right. Needless to say none of them were happy about it but they survived the 6 days inside and were better off for it!  Miss Ava the yellow foot is in the front part of the cage. See the video of them eating in the cage below.


   I hope that you enjoy the pages for each of the tortoises and the housing/care and feeding/water pages .

Tortoise Page | Tortoise Housing & Care | Tortoise Feeding & Water

African Spur Thigh | Red Foots | Russians | Yellow Foots

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